Pixel art is a great choice for many games. First, it makes it easier for us developers to create our own game art. Second, pixel art has a retro look that seems to be all the rage right now. Drawing pixel art is a good way to learn how to make your own game art. Granted, pixel art may not be right for every game, but if you're thinking about it read on for tips on how to produce your own pixel art along with examples of animating your art in Cocos2d.
Speaking of pixel art, why not animate your pixel characters? Watch them run, jump, land and even dance on screen. 💃 This tutorial offers thoughtful tips on how you should think about pixel art animation. It's not a step-by-step tutorial but more a list of insights into what makes some pixel animations better than others. The tutorial analyzes how to make a pixel art character look realistic when running. Definitely worth a read.
Suppose your game allows players to upgrade their character or environment or learn new skills? What's the psychology behind a successful upgrade system? How should you balance upgrades so that they're both compelling and fair? This article analyzes the high-level factors involved in designing a successful upgrade system in your game.